Apple is fighting the FBI over a court order requiring the tech giant to unlock a terrorist’s iPhone — but it appears the company had no problem breaking into at least 70 other protected smartphones.
Dozens of other times, Apple had no problem at all complying with judges orders to unlock iPhones of suspected criminals. So why all of a sudden is Apple refusing to comply? Could it be because the phones in question belong to 2 Islamic terrorists Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik who gunned down 14 innocent people at a Christmas party last year? Yeah, that’s the ticket.
Apple refuses court order to unlock IPhone of San Bernardino Muslim terrorists:
The California-based tech giant Apple unlocked dozens of iPhones at federal investigators’ requests between 2008 and 2015, a prosecutor argued last year. The October refusal bewildered New York prosecutors, who claimed the iPhone maker “complied” with at least 70 other requests to unlock suspects’ phones, Motherboard reported at the time. Each request was made under the All Writs Act, a 1789 statute that grants federal courts broad power to issue “necessary or appropriate” writs.
“Apple had an established procedure to routinely take any of these requests, comply with them, processing them,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Saritha Komatireddy said in court.
In defending its refusal, Apple said unlocking a secure phone would undermine its customers’ trust
“Apple is saying it does not want to do this. It does not want to be in the business of being a method by which customer data is disclosed,” an Apple lawyer said.
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U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Pym issued an All Writs Act for the Farook case on Tuesday without giving Apple a chance to respond.
She ordered Apple to create a software that would allow investigators into Farook’s phone, which may contain information about his Dec. 2 shooting spree that left 14 people dead. Farook and his co-shooter, his wife, were killed in a gun battle with cops after the attack.
Shortly after the demand, Cook broadcast its objections to the order in a fiery letter to customers. The CEO cited privacy concerns as his chief complaint against the demand — and he did not mention any of the previous 70 court-ordered unlockings. source